Instead of shutting down Winamp, AOL is apparently close to selling the media player to Radionomy, a streaming music company. AOL’s planned shutdown of Winamp was met by protest from users of the 16-year-old software. Now, TechCrunch has reported that both Winamp and streaming software Shoutcast are being acquired by Radionomy and that the acquisition should be finalized today or tomorrow.
Lending credence to the rumor is the fact that Winamp’s name servers were transferred from AOL to Radionomy yesterday, as noted by TheNextWeb and others. We’ve asked AOL and Radionomy to confirm the acquisition, but we haven’t heard back yet.
Similar to Pandora, Radionomy lets users create their own radio stations and claims 13 million unique users. TechCrunch speculates that “Winamp’s media playing software could be used to help program those radio stations and offer additional services.”
via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/OTFqkPrn-_s/